United Nations Children’s Fund

As one of the largest development and humanitarian organisations of the UN, UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of children in 190 countries and territories worldwide.

UNICEFUnited Nations Children's Fund was established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, to provide food, clothing and health care to children in Europe facing famine and disease. 

Today, UNICEF’s focus areas include:

  • child survival and development
  • basic education and gender equality
  • child protection
  • policy advocacy and partnerships

Switzerland and UNICEF

Through active and fruitful cooperation, Switzerland has become a trusted and respected partner to UNICEF. In recent years, Switzerland has focused on issues such as gender equality, child protection, humanitarian aid and resilience.
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As of December 2016, UNICEF employed 19 Swiss professionals. With the objective to increase this number, SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has mandated cinfo to support the careers of Swiss nationals with UNICEF by providing information and advice, facilitating networking opportunities, and offering assistance throughout the various stages of a selection process.
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Career opportunities

UNICEF regularly seeks professionals to work in the areas of:

  • child survival and development
  • basic education and gender equality
  • HIV / AIDS
  • child protection
  • policy advocacy and partnerships
  • administration and finance
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • supply and logistics
  • external relations and communications

For experienced professionals

Professionals with at least 5 years of relevant experience are regularly sought for mid-career to senior-level staff positions or consultancies, in particular in the fields of emergency preparedness and response.

  • ​Find UNICEF vacancies on our job portal cinfoPoste. Create a profile and set up your job agents (customised email alerts) to be notified of the latest job openings.
  • If you are a mid-career professional interested in becoming UNICEF staff, take a look at the annual New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI). The NETI is an entry point for dynamic professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF.
  • If you have more than 10 years of experience, you should look for open P-4 to D-1 level positions on the Senior Leadership Vacancies page.
  • If you are specialised in a technical area, you may find an exciting opportunity in the consultancies category. Although they are temporary and non-staff functions, consultancies are considered an excellent way to join UNICEF as incumbents may apply for staff positions during and after their assignment. 
  • Join a UNICEF talent group by applying to a Generic Vacancy Announcement (GVA) that matches your profile. GVAs are periodically published in the recruitment system. If successful, you will be placed in a talent group that allows UNICEF offices worldwide to access your profile and contact you whenever a suitable position opens up.
  • Register on the UNVUN Volunteers database to become available for UN Volunteer specialist assignments. These significantly underrated positions are the starting point for many professional careers with the UN. 

> Learn more about the various types of positions at the UN
> Use UNDP’s salary estimation tool to calculate the estimated salaries and benefits of UN staff members.

For junior professionals

Professionals with few years of relevant experience can start a career with UNICEF or another UN organisation as a Junior Professional Officer (JPOJunior Professional Officer ) if their government finances such positions.

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For students and recent graduates

The UN Youth Volunteers Programme regularly offers young graduates the opportunity to gain direct exposure to UNICEF's work in the field. Some UNYVUN Youth Volunteers positions are only open to nationals of certain countries or graduates of certain universities. If you are Swiss, learn more about the UNYV Programme for Swiss nationals.

Graduate-level students or recent graduates can also complement their development-oriented studies with practical experience through an internship at UNICEF's headquarters or in a country office. As interns can apply for consultancies, short-term and staff positions after their assignment, internships are a great opportunity to join the organisation. To be selected for an internship, you need to complete the online internship application form, which will automatically be uploaded onto the database and globally accessed by UNICEF managers.


Approximately 85% of UNICEF staff are located in the field.

They are based in 7 regional offices and in over 150 country offices worldwide, with 36 national committees, a research centre in Florence, a supply division in Copenhagen, offices in Tokyo and Brussels, and UNICEF headquarters in New York and Geneva.

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